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Post Office by Charles Bukowski
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Jun 12, 12

bookshelves: fiction
Read from May 22 to 24, 2012

Hm, where to begin with this one?

I appreciate the honesty and grit of Bukowski's writing, and I like reading well-told stories about the absurdity and banality of everyday life. There's no romance here, and that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned - I'm tired of reading literary-prize-winning fiction where the main character can't take a dump without it being symbolic of his liberation from the burden of his upbringing.

On the other hand, an atmosphere of underlying squalor and despair permeates this story, and I don't like that. Don't get me wrong, I like drinking and living in squalor and working terrible jobs that pay far less than I could probably earn if I cared to be more ambitious. Still, I like fantasy. When I imagine quitting a shitty job, it's to go to a better one (or maybe because I won the lottery or something) - I don't imagine myself sitting at home afterwards, unemployed, dodging rent payments, drowning myself in scotch.

I suppose this means I'm not the target audience.
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